Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset), vice-chair of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on NJ Transit’s announcement that it will expand one-seat service on the Raritan Valley Line in January:
“The expansion of one-seat train service on the Raritan Valley Line is long-awaited good news for residents of Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties and other commuters who rely on public transit.
“For years, thousands of passengers have had to deal with the inconvenience of switching trains in and out of New York. This expansion will make service more efficient and improve quality of life for New Jersey residents by removing a significant hurdle from their daily commutes.
“This is only the first step. Commuters certainly would benefit from also having one-seat service available in the morning. We must address the larger fact that the existing Hudson River tunnels alone simply cannot meet the high demand of service from New Jersey to New York. In our ongoing conversations about the Transportation Trust Fund, we must find ways to provide the best service to those who already use public transportation in our state and attract families and business owners looking to call New Jersey home.”